W. B. Yeats, All Things Can Tempt Me

In this poem, Yeats discusses things that took his mind away from his work, i.e. poetry (“craft of verse”). Before he used to be tempted a lot of things including women and his mother land (“the needs of my fool driven land”). But now things seem to be different. In the second part of the poem, Yeats creates illustration of the poet who sings a song with ferocity. The poet has such conviction that he made the audience, young Yeats, believe that “he had a sword upstairs.”

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